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A Concise History of Korea


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List of Primary Source Readings Maps Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The Origins Chapter 2: The Period of the Three Kingdoms, Fourth Century to 676 Chapter 3: Late Silla, 676 to 935 Chapter 4: Koryo, 935 to 1170 Chapter 5: Military Rulers and Mongol Invaders, 1170 to 1392 Chapter 6: The Neo-Confucian Revolution and the Choson State, 1392 to the Eighteenth Century Chapter 7: Choson Society Chapter 8: Late Choson, Early Eighteenth Century to 1876 Chapter 9: Korea in the Age of Imperialism, 1876 to 1910 Chapter 10: Colonial Korea, 1910 to 1945 Chapter 11: Division and War, 1945 to 1953 Chapter 12: North Korea: Recovery, Transformation, and Decline, 1953 to 1993 Chapter 13: South Korea: From Poverty to Prosperity, 1953 to 1997 Chapter 14: South Korea: Creating a Democratic Society, 1953 to 1997 Chapter 15: Contemporary North Korea, 1993 to 2015 Chapter 16: Contemporary South Korea, 1997 to 2015 Conclusion Appendix: Romanization Notes Glossary of Korean Words Annotated Selected Bibliography Index About the Author

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Michael J. Seth is professor of history at James Madison University.


Michael Seth's A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present provides readers with a clear, comprehensive, objective, and illuminating survey of Korean history from ancient times to the present. Readers will be inspired by Seth's extensive knowledge of Korean history combined with his understanding of East Asian and world history.... One of the great merits of the text is the presentation of each stage of Korean history within a global context; subsequently, readers will have a deeper understanding of social, cultural, and political history not only in East Asia, but also with other parts of the world.... Additional features of the book include historical maps, primary source entries within each chapter, and a very useful annotated bibliography in English. Educators of Asian and world history on the high school and college levels will benefit from reading this well-written and balanced text on Korean history and culture that offers both regional and global perspectives. Teachers of United States history will profit from reading about the role the United States has played in Korea prior to the division of the peninsula, the Korean War, and postwar policies in Korea compared to those in Japan. All readers will be interested in how South Korea made unprecedented achievements in both democratic and economic development while North Korea became one of the world's most totalitarian and impoverished countries in the world. A Concise History of Korea is timely for its coverage of Korea combined with regional and global perspectives.... Most Americans know too little about Korean history and culture. Seth has published an engaging and worthwhile narrative that provides us with an understanding of Korean history, and how it is as fascinating and unique as its neighbors. * Education About Asia *
The first edition of Michael Seth's book became a benchmark for an overview of Korean history in English. Now bigger and better, it promises to become a standard for Korean history in any language. -- John Lie, University of California, Berkeley
In this highly readable text, Michael Seth scores a number of important achievements. He provides a narrative from earliest times to the present that explains the transitions in Korean history in a clear manner and, in the process, doesn't shortchange the premodern period. Seth raises questions that historians have long grappled with and proposes answers. In updating his earlier work, he cites the most recent research, adds a section on Korea from a global perspective, and also provides a primary source entry for each chapter, enabling students to look at original documents. This is an excellent text that includes all the essential information any undergraduate would need. -- Edward Shultz, emeritus, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Michael Seth's book provides a clear and accessible survey of Korean history, deftly covering all of the key topics that should be included in a course on the subject. I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to gain a stronger understanding of the historical development of Korea. -- Gregg A. Brazinsky, George Washington University

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